Photos from the latest ANDES expeditions
Majadita and Aconcagua 2018
Patagonia Ski Explorer 2017
Puna de Atacama 2017
Chilean Ski Explorer 2016
Puna and Ojos del Salado 2016
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta 2015 - links through to our "Firsts" page
First Ascents in Peru 2015 - links through to our "Firsts" page
Bolivia Ski Explorer 2014 - links through to our "Firsts" page
High camp at the edge of the glacier on Majadita, Cordillera Agua Negra.
Our 2018 trip to Aconcagua was unfortunately not successful on the main objective due to a very unlucky spell of bad weather. All four of our possible summit days were too windy, with forecast winds of 100 km/h, and summit temperatures of -18-20ēC. On the 9th February we did make it higher on the mountain than any other teams, but as we crossed over the well-named Cresta del Viento the windchill was unsupportable, and it was hard just keeping our feet anchored!
Luckily our acclimatisation trip in the Cordillera Agua Negra had seen much better conditions, and Barry Suzanne and Thom all made the summits of three 5000m+ peaks and Majadita, a 6266m peak that is rarely climbed.
Windy weather on the summit of Mistral, 5050m.
Thom, Suzanne and Barry on the summit of San Lorenzo 5749m, Cordillera Agua Negra.
Cold weather at 6400m on Aconcagua.
Nido de Condores campsite, Aconcagua.
High camp at 4900m on Majadita.
Skiing on Cerro Challhuaco above Bariloche.
Skiing at 3000m on Cerro Wayle (3249m). near Chos Malal.
Sierra de la Puntilla 2979m. Our route took us up the very right hand snow bowl, after a 2km/200m carry from the road
Skiing up Sierra de la Puntilla, Cordon del Viento.
Skiing up through bamboo and monkey puzzle forests on peak 2135m at Paso Pino Hachado. It was a good short day out with skis on just 200m from the car.
Camping at Villa Aguas Calientes. It was a great place to relax after a days skiing, 15ēC, sunny and with running hot water.
Chachani 2017A private trip to climb this 6000m peak just outside the Peruvian city of Arequipa. It was a very successful 9-day trip with both Stan and Elena climbing Chucura, 5298m and Chachani, 6075m, and both also getting very near the summit of 5598m high Nevado Mismi.
Traversing a penitente snowfield at 6000m on Nevado Chachani.
Approaching the summit of Nevado Mismi, at 5400m.
Sabancaya was erupting every couple of hours in May 2017. Often accompnaied by small earth tremors!
Campsite in the Quebrada Villalobos beneath Volcan Copiapo.
The inside of the mess tent.
Firewood and Inca walls just beneath the summit of Volcan Copiapo in Chile.
There was a bit of a lack of snow in the Andes this year after a dry winter and (maybe) a warm spring. Snow lines were a few 100m higher than normal on many of the peaks we are familiar with. Resorts had already closed and we had a few longish walks to get up to the snow. Conditions were not really helped by one of our main target peaks, Volcan Chillan, erupting a week before we arrived, and again the day after we skiied it.
Climbing Volcan Villarrica. Too icy to use the skins, although after a few hours it had softened up enoguh to give a good long 1300m vertical run back to base.
Skiing on Volcan Lonquimay.
Skiing on Volcan Casablanca, Chile.
Skiing on an unamed peak, Cordilera Darwin, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
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Our March 2016 trip to the Puna de Atacama of Argentina and Chile was very successful, with almost all of our clients making all of the summits we attempted. We climbed Laguna Blanca Sur 5912m, Laguna Blanca main peak 6012m and also the South Summit of Laguna Blanca at 6001m. Finally three of us went on to climb the worlds highest volcano, Ojos del Salado, 6893m.
However we were looking for unclimbed peaks in the Laguna Blanca massif, and in this we were less successful. We found records on both the possible unclimbed summits we climbed that indicated others had been there before us. In both cases they thought they were on the highest peak in the range! To be fair, there were also Inca ruins and firewood on both of these summits, including a huge 6m x 12m burial platform at 6001m on Laguna Blanca South Summit, so we could only ever have made a first modern ascent.
Approaching the high camp on our first big peak, Laguna Blanca Sur.
A pile of Inca firewood on the summit of Laguna Blanca Sur, 5912m.
Clients on the summit of Ojos del Salado, March 2016.
Abseiling back down the short pitch at 6850m on Ojos del Salado.
Well we had a great trip anyway, but we had no realistic chance of getting to the summit of Aconcagua due to some exceptionally stormy weather. We only got as far as the 5000m camp... watched another expedition battle upwards in dreadful weather for an hour two then bailed out with them. Three days later, while still walking out form the mountain the weather was even worse. Consolation prize was a barbecue cooked up by the guardaparques, plus an extra night relaxing in Mendoza.
Sunrise at our acclimatisation camp in the Cordon del Plata.
The guardaparques at Casa de Piedra cooked us a great barbeque!.
Approaching the summit of Guallatiri on our February 2015 expedition.
Resting just below the summit of Guallatiri, while we wait for the second rope to catch up!
Alto Toroni turned out to be a very interesting mountain on the Chile-Bolivia border. I was not sure if it had ever been climbed before, there was certainly no recorded ascent anywhere. However on reaching the top it soon became clear that the Inca's had been there over 400 years ago, and built a substantial platform and some walls and pathways on the very summit, probably for religious reasons.
Our November 2011 expedition onto the southern Patagonian ice-cap had some pretty turbulent weather to say the least but David Roberts did get his camera out on a few of the better days and took some fabulous pictures. Thanks.
The peak of Fitzroy form the village of El Chalten.
Approaching the Marconi glacier and Lago Electrico in poor weather.
Conditions get better as the group heads towards Paso Marconi and the first objective - Gorra Blanca
and the views get better too.!